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Talang Volcano (Indonesia) erupts

Wednesday Apr 13, 2005 16:24 PM | DOOR: TOM PFEIFFER

Indonesian villagers in Bukit Sileh village cover their mouths while smoke spews out from Mt. Talang in Solok district of Indonesian West Sumatra island, April 12, 2005.
Indonesian villagers in Bukit Sileh village cover their mouths while smoke spews out from Mt. Talang in Solok district of Indonesian West Sumatra island, April 12, 2005.

Talang volcano in Indonesia erupted on 12 April, 2005, producing ash clouds of about 1 km height (3,000 ft). Talang volcano is located in Sumatra, just 40 km east of the coastal capital of the West Sumatra province, Padang. It is close to the areas affected by recent large earthquakes, but it is dangerous to say that there is a direct link between those events, since this is not known. Although some relation cannot be excluded, volcanoes and earthquakes have very different dynaics.
For safety reasons and because of the possibility of an intensification of the eruption in the near future, authorities have promted the evacuation of around 25,000 people living in areas immediately close to the volcano.  


 
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